January 30, 2023

2022’s Annual Holiday Ornament Party

The Annual Holiday Ornament Party is on Tuesday, November 29. Two sessions will be available for children to make an assortment of homemade ornaments, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:45 p.m. Each session has room for 12 children. Please contact the Library to sign up for a session. If you have time to volunteer to help with the ornament party, we could use 5 helpers. We pay in cookies and hot cocoa!

Pre-School Story Hour

Come join us Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for our Pre-school story hour. Each week will have a different theme. Miss Michelle will read a book, do a craft and have a snack with the group. This program is geared for 1 to 5 year olds but all ages are welcome. We will follow the Richmond school schedule and will not meet when school is closed. Story hour is a great place to make new friends for the young and old.

Holiday Hour Adjustments

Holiday hour adjustments: Wednesday, November 23: 9am-noon (no storytime); Thursday, November 24: closed.

November and December 2022 Book Discussions

Upcoming Book Discussions! Each meeting is 6:30-7:30 p.m.

November 15 .. We will visit the #1 book in Amazon’s category of Classic Action & Adventure: The Count of Monte Cristo written by Alexander Dumas in the edition translated by Robin Buss.

December 13 .. “They seek him here, they seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That demned elusive Pimpernel.” Yes, we will look for the elusive title character in Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel (the edition with an introduction by Gary Happenstand).

Please do join us and contact the Library to ensure we get enough copies of the books: 207-737-2770.

Project Gutenberg online editions to get a head start on reading:
The Count of Monte Cristo, https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1184
Scarlet Pimpernel, https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/60

Short Stories at your fingertips!

The positive response to a small display of short stories has led to this: a permanent section for the short story books. The stories may be science fiction, mysterious, or romantic, but the common factor is books full of separate, and quick(!), reads.

When you search the catalog, SHORT in front of the call number indicates the titles you will find here.

Halloween Buzz

Halloween at the Library: Be sure your child’s trick or treat bucket is large enough for a new book. Watch for more information as Halloween gets closer.

A Nod to the New

New fiction books for adults include two titles in the Read with Jenna club: The Measure by Nikki Erlick and The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford. Another new book written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks, Horse, was inspired by the true story of Lexington, a record-breaking thoroughbred horse born in 1850. These and other new books are on display on the New Fiction shelves, to the right as you enter the library’s front door.

October 2022 Book Discussion

Is the book The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde on your “someday” book list? The story has a portrait and something is odd about it, right? Take the time to shorten your someday reading list. Ten copies are available at the library for ten readers who would like to read the book and meet to discuss it on Tuesday, October 11th, at 6:30pm. Call the library to reserve your copy, 207-737-2770.

Bendable Maine

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Tom Roth, author visit

Tom Roth, 25-year columnist for The Maine Sportsman, New England’s largest outdoor publication, will be at the Umberhine Public Library on Tuesday, September 20th, at 6:30 PM to discuss his book A Sporting Year in Maine. In his book, Tom walks the reader through each month of the year, discussing what the state of Maine has to offer during each period. Practical how-to advice sprinkled with humorous anecdotes will keep both the novice sportsman and the professional entertained. Tom will share stories from his book for about half an hour, then spend about 15 minutes answering audience questions. There will be copies of the book available for purchase at the end of the discussion.